William Ackman is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an SEC registered investment adviser founded in 2003. Pershing Square is a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets.
Prior to forming Pershing Square, Mr. Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners Management Co., LLC, an investment adviser that managed public and private equity hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Gotham Partners, Mr. Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers and Singer, Inc. Mr. Ackman received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Mr. Ackman is the Chairman of the board of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC). He is a Trustee of the Pershing Square Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees at The Rockefeller University and the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School.
Adam Flatto is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Company, a privately-held real estate investment and development company based in New York City. He has been with The Georgetown Company since 1990, and since that time has been involved with the development, acquisition and ownership of over 20 million square feet of commercial real estate projects throughout the United States.
Jeffrey Furber is the Chief Executive Officer of AEW Capital Management, L.P. (“AEW”) and Chairman of AEW Europe. AEW provides real estate investment management services to investors worldwide. AEW and its affiliates manage over $60 billion of real estate assets and securities on behalf of many of the world's leading institutional and private investors.
Beth Kaplan is a Managing Member at Axcel Partners, where she advises and invests in emerging, high-growth consumer businesses. Most recently, Kaplan served as President and COO of Rent the Runway, where she still serves on the Board. Kaplan’s past experiences include President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer at General Nutrition Corporation; EVP and General Manager of Bath and Body Works; Senior Executive VP of Marketing, Merchandising and Distribution of Rite Aid; and President of Procter and Gamble’s U.S. Cosmetics Division. Kaplan is currently on the Board of Directors of Meredith Corporation, a leading publicly traded media and marketing services company. Kaplan earned both Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Business Administration degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and currently sits on its Board of Overseers.
Allen Model is the Co-Founder of Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. (“OSC”), and has been Treasurer and Managing Director since 1992. OSC is an international consulting firm that provides public information services to a number of clients worldwide, including the United States Agency for International Development, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank and host governments.
David R. O’Reilly is the Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for driving the sustainable growth of the company’s assets and unlocking meaningful long-term value across the company's portfolio. He previously served as the company’s President and as its CFO, the role in which he joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2016.
As the architect and leader of the company’s 2019 Transformation Plan, Mr. O’Reilly realized meaningful reductions in overhead, executed on the sale of non-core assets, and refocused the company on its highly profitable MPCs. His leadership has successfully positioned the company for growth, further diversifying HHC’s funding sources and increasing its liquidity to enable to company to pursue value-creating opportunities.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Parkway Properties, a New York Stock Exchange-traded real estate investment trust focused on office properties. He served in the position from November 2011 through October 2014 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. He also served as the company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from May 2012 through August 2012.
Previously, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President of Banyan Street Capital and as Director of Capital Markets for Eola Capital LLC. He served in the investment banking industry as Senior Vice President of Barclays Capital Inc. and in a similar capacity for Lehman Brothers. During his career, Mr. O’Reilly has been involved in a broad range of financial advisory and merger and acquisition activities, including leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and single asset and pooled CMBS transactions.
Mr. O’Reilly graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received his M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Scot Sellers served as Chief Executive Officer of Archstone, one of the world's largest apartment companies, from January 1997 until his retirement in February 2013. Prior to that, he was Archstone's Chief Investment Officer from 1995 to 1997. Under his leadership, Archstone moved from being a mid-sized owner of apartments in secondary and tertiary cities to becoming the largest publicly traded owner of urban high-rise apartments in the nation's premier cities. During his 36-year career in the apartment business, Mr. Sellers has been responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of over $40 billion of apartment communities in over 50 different cities across the United States. Mr. Sellers served as the Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts from November 2005 to November 2006.
Steven Shepsman is an Executive Managing Director and Founder of New World Realty Advisors, a real estate investment and advisory firm specializing in real estate restructurings, development and finance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shepsman, a CPA, was a Managing Partner of Kenneth Leventhal and Company, and of Ernst and Young's Real Estate Practice. Mr. Shepsman is a Trustee of the University at Buffalo Foundation, and a member and former chair of the Dean's Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo School of Management.
Mary Ann Tighe has been credited with transforming New York's skyline during her more than 32 years in the real estate industry. She has been responsible for over 98 million square feet of commercial transactions, and her deals have anchored more than 14.4 million square feet of new construction in the New York region. Ms. Tighe has been CEO of CBRE's New York Tri-State region since 2002, a region of approximately 2,500 employees. In January 2010, Ms. Tighe was named Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, the first woman to hold this position in REBNY's 114-year history and the first broker in 30 years.
Mr. Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C., is the Chief Executive Officer of Federal City Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of civic life in the nation’s capital. In his two terms as the mayor of Washington, D.C. from 1999 to 2007, he is credited with leading the city’s revitalization, restoring its finances and dramatically improving city services. As the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia from 1995 to 1998, he worked with local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. He has held various positions in federal, state, and local government including serving as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a position to which he was appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A senior consultant on issues of municipal restructuring, Mr. Williams has served as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Mr. Williams holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College, as well as a number of honorary degrees and awards, including the 2020 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
Jay Cross is President of The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for overseeing the company's acclaimed portfolio of master planned communities and mixed-use developments. With decades of experience in the real estate industry, as well as with professional sports franchises, he has been responsible for the execution of large-scale, mixed-use projects across North America which are proven catalysts for urban transformation and community development.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Cross served as President of Related Hudson Yards, leading the development efforts of Hudson Yards, the 28-acre megaproject on Manhattan's west side. Previously, as President of the New York Jets, he spearheaded the development of MetLife Stadium, executing an innovative joint venture between the Jets and the New York Giants to build and privately finance the $1.3 billion dual-team NFL stadium.
Mr. Cross served as President of Business Operations for the NBA's Miami Heat where he led the development of the $213 million American Airlines Arena—creating a public-private partnership between the team and Miami Dade County, closing on an unprecedented Triple-A $185 million bond offering, and driving a pioneering development program that sparked a renaissance of downtown Miami and the birth of a new residential neighborhood.
Prior to that, Mr. Cross developed Toronto’s Air Canada Centre—a $265 million innovative dual-sport complex which is home to the city's NBA and NHL franchises—through a complex rezoning of one of the finest arena sites in North America, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown.
Mr. Cross has held senior positions with Markborough Properties where he was responsible for the company’s commercial and industrial portfolio, and with The Prudential Insurance Company of America's real estate investment operations.
Mr. Cross has been a member of three Canadian Olympic Sailing Teams and has won ten World, North American, and National titles. Mr. Cross holds a Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree in Architectural Technology from Columbia University.
Peter F. Riley is Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Riley is responsible for overseeing all legal matters for the company.
Mr. Riley has over 30 years of experience, working in both the public and private sector. Mr. Riley was previously a partner at K&L Gates LLP with a significant focus on tax aspects of fund formation, joint ventures and the acquisition, disposition, operation and financing of real estate assets. He also led the tax department at Kelly, Hart and Hallman and was Senior Tax Counsel at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. Before earning his law degree, Mr. Riley worked for Amerada Hess Corporation (NYSE: AHC) where he became Chief Financial Officer of its Abu Dhabi subsidiary.
Mr. Riley received his L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Correne S. Loeffler is Chief Financial Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. She is responsible for direct oversight of the company’s accounting, technology and innovation, investor relations and risk management.
Prior to joining HHC, Ms. Loeffler held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Whiting Petroleum Corporation, where she managed the company’s Finance, Accounting, and Corporate Planning organizations as well as helped restructure $2.4 billion of unsecured debt. She previously served as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for the Callon Petroleum Company in Houston. In addition, she served as Callon’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that she spent over a decade at JPMorgan Securities before leaving as an Executive Director in the Corporate Client Banking group. Ms. Loeffler also held positions at Bank of America and Accenture.
Ms. Loeffler graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Jim Carman is President of the Houston region at The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for leading the residential and commercial development, leasing, and operations of three award-winning master planned communities: The Woodlands, Bridgeland, and The Woodlands Hills.
Mr. Carman joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2012, and most recently served as Senior Vice President of MPC Commercial Development, overseeing vertical development on projects located within The Woodlands and Bridgeland. Mr. Carman was responsible for leading multiple teams in the 66-acre development of Hughes Landing, Houston's premier mixed-use urban center on Lake Woodlands.
Mr. Carman has over 20 years of construction and development experience on projects valued at over $2.5 billion. His work includes mixed-use and commercial projects such as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Hughes Center and Tivoli Village at Queensridge in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Carman received his Bachelor of Science, as well as Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mr. Carman proudly serves within the community as a Board Member for Montgomery County Food Bank, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Leadership Montgomery Country, and Interfaith of The Woodlands.
Saul Scherl is President of the New York Tri-State Region at The Howard Hughes Corporation. He joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in December 2015 as Executive Vice President responsible for overseeing the Seaport District that is currently undergoing redevelopment.
Mr. Scherl has more than twenty years of retail, residential, hospitality and mixed-use real estate experience. Additionally, he is both a licensed attorney and CPA. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, he was a Principal at Blackpoint Partners where he managed the company’s real estate assets as well as mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he served in a similar capacity at Loeb Partners Realty as the Managing Director and with Nomura Asset Capital, where he was responsible for liquidating the company’s multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolio. Earlier in his career, Mr. Scherl was with Piper Rudnick and Shaw Pittman as well as Arthur Young and Company. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a broad range of acquisitions, dispositions, redevelopments and financings for real estate properties across the U.S.
Mr. Scherl graduated from Emory University with a B.B.A. in Accounting and received his J.D. from George Washington University.
Greg Fitchitt is President of Columbia for The Howard Hughes Corporation, leading the development efforts for the 14-million-square-foot, mixed-use plan to transform Downtown Columbia into the Center of Culture and Commerce for central Maryland.
Mr. Fitchitt has over 20 years of real estate experience including development, planning, entitlements, community and government relations, leasing, and design and construction management. Mr. Fitchitt led the efforts resulting in the Howard County Council’s approval in 2016 of a $90 million TIF for public infrastructure and a comprehensive plan for affordable housing in Downtown Columbia, and most recently secured approval of an additional million square feet of development in Downtown Columbia’s Lakefront district. Before joining HHC in 2013, Mr. Fitchitt completed nine shopping center redevelopments in Washington State and Southern California. Mr. Fitchitt led the development of Westfield UTC in La Jolla, CA, obtaining entitlements for a $1.0 billion LEED-ND Gold mixed-use revitalization and completing the $180 million first phase in 2012. Together the Westfield projects completed under his direction represented over $500 million in investment.
Mr. Fitchitt holds a M.B.A. from UCLA and a B.A. in Philosophy from Pomona College. Mr. Fitchitt chairs the Downtown Columbia Partnership board, and serves on the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors, the Howard County Chamber Board of Directors, and the ULI Transit Oriented Development Council for the ULI Baltimore and Washington District Councils. He also previously served for ten years on the boards of non-profit affordable housing developers in California.
Kevin T. Orrock is President of Summerlin, a 22,500-acre award-winning Master Planned Community in the Las Vegas Valley and one of the most compelling real estate success stories in the U.S. A visionary whose long-term career with The Howard Hughes Corporation began more than 40 years ago, Mr. Orrock helped shape Summerlin from its inception more than 25 years ago. He brings to the corporation a deep understanding of the community and the development process as well as a keen business and financial acumen that has contributed to Summerlin’s ongoing success as Southern Nevada’s premier community for more than two decades.
Mr. Orrock began his career with the company when he joined the accounting department at the famed Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas in 1974, then owned by Summa Corporation, predecessor to The Howard Hughes Corporation. He held numerous accounting and finance positions before being named Treasurer in 1991. Prior to the settlement of Howard Hughes’ estate, Orrock managed its entire cash portfolio.
In 1996, The Rouse Company of Columbia, MD, acquired The Howard Hughes Corporation, and Mr. Orrock remained in an executive role, overseeing the financial operations for the company in Nevada. In 2004, when General Growth Properties acquired The Rouse Company, he moved to operations, overseeing land development activities for GGP in Nevada.
As President of Summerlin, Mr. Orrock oversees all functions of the community, which led the nation in home sales for more than a decade during the 1990s and early 2000s. Today, Summerlin maintains its position of dominance and influence as the region’s leading real estate development company.
Mr. Orrock earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University and an M.B.A from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Active in the community, Mr. Orrock is past chair of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and serves on the executive board of Las Vegas Economic Global Alliance. He is a member of the advisory board of directors for University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation and the Lee College of Business. He is also a 2015 inductee of the Nevada Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Schwartz is responsible for identifying and securing new corporate partnerships across the portfolio, overseeing and executing tent-pole event strategies and programming including oversight of The Rooftop at Pier 17’s Summer Concert Series, and management of the award-winning in-house creative design studio and digital marketing teams.
Mr. Schwartz joined The Howard Hughes Corporation after four years as Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships at Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment where he was responsible for overseeing all partnership sales efforts for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Prior to Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, Mr. Schwartz worked for three years at SiriusXM initially serving as Director of Sports Marketing managing strategic marketing partnerships with MLB, the NHL and the PGA TOUR and then as Account Director of Advertising Sales, where he developed customized advertising and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to SiriusXM, Schwartz spent five years at the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in Corporate Sales and Marketing, where he managed a national partner portfolio, including Chevrolet, Pepsi, State Farm and Gatorade. He also directed all national partner activation during All-Star Week and the World Series.
Schwartz previously held positions with New Jersey Devils, National Hockey League and served as the Head Coach for the University of Connecticut Women's Ice Hockey Team.
Mr. Schwartz earned a B.S. in Communications and Marketing from the University of Connecticut.
Kellie Forman is Senior Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation and oversees leasing efforts in the Western U.S.
Ms. Forman has nearly 30 years of experience in the shopping center industry. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Forman served as Senior Leasing Representative for Simon Property Group and held senior leasing positions with Westfield Corporation and Urban Retail Properties. Ms. Forman has extensive experience in leasing mall, lifestyle centers, mixed use properties, urban core projects and new developments.
Ms. Forman graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Marketing. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds a Real Estate Broker License in Texas and Illinois.
Peter Helfer is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for partnership development efforts across the portfolio.
Mr. Helfer is an established marketing executive with over 12 years of experience in the global sports and entertainment industry. He has a proven history of platform development and execution of multi-media marketing strategies at the league, team and agency level. Before joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Helfer was previously Director, Partnerships and Media for the New York Jets where he developed integrated partnerships and strategic relationships between consumer brands and the organization.
Prior to the New York Jets, he was the Vice President, Partnership and Business Development at Wasserman Media Group where he focused on sales strategy and execution within the golf industry and for global properties such as MetLife Stadium, Wembley Stadium, America’s Cup and USA Cycling. Helfer also spent five years at the National Hockey League managing, growing and renewing top tier accounts such as Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo (Pepsi, Gatorade, FritoLay), MasterCard, Bank of America and Cisco.
Mr. Helfer has a B.A. with a dual major in Psychology-based Human Relations and Anthropology from Connecticut College.
Ben Martin is Vice President of Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation based in in Dallas, Texas. In his role, he is responsible for multiple properties within The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio including Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas, NV and Downtown Columbia in Columbia, MD. Mr. Martin has over 12 years of leasing, pre-development leasing and merchandising experience that encompasses a variety of premier shopping centers located in the most prestigious markets in the United States.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Martin was Vice President of Leasing at Westfield Corporation for seven years where he oversaw all aspects of permanent and in-line leasing, and managed national tenant accounts for the company’s U.S. wide portfolio. He also gained expertise at The Cafaro Company for four years with significant experience in strip center, mall and outparcel leasing. Mr. Martin holds a Master of Business Administration degree from John Carroll University with a dual emphasis in Finance and Management, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Walsh University.
Bobby Aflatooni is Chief Information Officer for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for IT strategy and operation across the Company’s portfolio, and for overseeing the implementation and delivery of solutions designed to meet and adapt to the Company’s complex business needs.
He provides architectural standards for the mesh of complex IT systems—including financial, design, planning, and construction—that support the Company’s dynamic growth and its venture into an exclusively cloud enterprise, having standardized its network across multiple large-scale properties across the country with assets including retail, restaurants, hotels, multifamily, sports and entertainment, and office complexes.
Prior to joining the Company in 2018, Mr. Aflatooni served as Vice President of IT Operations, Architecture, Merchandising for the Dollar General Corporation, where he oversaw a national retail network of over 14,500 stores. Previously, he served as Director of eCommerce Technologies and Architecture for Pizza Hut, and also developed and oversaw IT priorities for companies including Capital One Auto Finance, LayerOne, Silverleaf Resorts, and Capital One Services.
Mr. Aflatooni graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Physics. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded a meritorious Field Promotion in 1991.
Dara Engle is Chief People Officer for The Howard Hughes Corporation, where she oversees all aspects of human resources strategy and spearheads the company's vision for its corporate culture. Recognized as an inspirational leader and brand ambassador for the company, Ms. Engle has overseen the creation, direction, and management of the company’s Culture and People department since its emergence, with a goal of building a world-class platform that celebrates employees and their families.
With over 25 years in Human Resources, Ms. Engle grew her career in the retail industry, holding progressive level positions with retail giants such as Blockbuster Entertainment and Best Buy, with regional responsibility for full-scale Human Resources operations spanning the entire employee lifecycle. During her time at Best Buy, Ms. Engle played a large role in scaling their geographical presence from 700 stores to over 900, leading efforts in talent acquisition and training to support the growth. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Engle also spent four years as a Human Resources consultant to small and mid-sized organizations, providing direction and advisement on industry practices including technology programs, employee relations, recruitment efforts, payroll administration and government compliance efforts.
Ms. Engle earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida State University. She is a founding member of the Dallas Board of the Step Up non-profit organization, whose mission is to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential through mentorship experiences.
Carlos Olea is Chief Accounting Officer for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for accounting operations and external financial reporting across the portfolio.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Olea served as Chief Accounting Officer at Carr Properties, a Washington, D.C. based owner-operator and developer, where he obtained significant exposure to ERP implementations and IFRS reporting. Mr. Olea was also a Senior Manager with the Advisory Services practice of Ernst and Young and a Director of Technical Accounting and Financial Reporting with AvalonBay Communities in Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Olea has a graduate degree in real estate finance from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from ITESM, in Mexico.
David Striph is Executive Vice President, Head of Operations and Investor Relations for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for property management across all regions and asset types, and for fostering relationships within the global investment community. He oversees the establishment of operating strategies designed to maximize NOI and is a member of the company's Capital Allocation Committee. He also leads the company's ESG and sustainability efforts portfolio-wide. An industry veteran, Mr. Striph has financed and managed several billion dollars’ worth of real estate assets during his career, including mixed-use, retail and high-end residential projects.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Striph served as Senior Managing Director at Westmount Realty Capital, a Dallas, TX based real estate investor. Mr. Striph was also Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group, Vice President at Fremont Investment & Loan, and President of Amresco Capital Trust. Mr. Striph began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst and Young.
Mr. Striph graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1979.
Randy Kostroske is the Executive Vice President, Risk Management of The Howard Hughes Corporation. He has extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry and partners with the HHC executive leadership team as an active member of the Board’s Risk Committee to identify and evaluate risks in the overall strategic plan and assets of a publicly traded company. He negotiates all commercial lines of insurance for the company and leads the Risk Management team in proactively developing and implementing solutions to manage and mitigate the risks for a $5 billion market cap company who manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate including master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets across the U.S.
Mr. Kostroske has created successful risk management departments from scratch while building effective, productive working relationships with insurance professionals, and he has a strong reputation for achieving significant cost reductions at all organizations he has worked for.
Prior to joining HHC, Mr. Kostroske served as the Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance for Crescent Real Estate Equities, a publicly traded REIT. During his fifteen years at Crescent, he oversaw all insurance/risk management issues for the Class A office, hotel and residential development portfolios. Upon Morgan Stanley’s acquisition of Crescent in 2007, he became a senior risk management consultant to Morgan Stanley and provided key leadership to advance the “start-up” Risk Management infrastructure within Morgan Stanley’s real estate operations, which insured assets with total values in excess of $80 billion.
During the ten years prior to joining Crescent, Mr. Kostroske served as Director of Risk Management at Color Tile, Inc. and as a Risk Manager at Tandy Corporation (now RadioShack Corporation) before starting his career as an Internal Auditor for both Tandy Corporation and Hospital Corporation of America.
Mr. Kostroske has a B.S. in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL and he is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a General Lines Insurance Agent licensed in the State of Texas. He is also a member of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA).
Valerie Qualls is Senior Vice President, Capital Markets for The Howard Hughes Corporation, having been with the company since 2010. Ms. Qualls and the Capital Markets team are responsible for securing project-level financing and leading other transactional efforts across the company’s preeminent portfolio throughout the country.
Ms. Qualls has 20 years of work experience including analytical and management positions at Dallas-based real estate pension fund advisory firms. Throughout her career, she has had comprehensive exposure to all major product types and was responsible for underwriting, reporting, and transacting on assets across the U.S. Ms. Qualls earned her B.B.A. in Finance from the University of North Texas.
Drew Davis is Senior Vice President, Head of Investments for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for overseeing investment, capital markets, and other strategic activity for the company. He also oversees financial planning and is a voting member of the company's Capital Allocation Committee.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation as an analyst in 2011, Mr. Davis held various positions focused on the monetization of non-performing real estate loans and evaluating venture investments.
Mr. Davis holds a B.S. from The George Washington University and an M.B.A from Southern Methodist University.
Cristina Carlson is Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Working closely with executive leadership, Ms. Carlson is responsible for the strategy and execution of communications to the company’s key stakeholders. She directs the corporate communications platform across the HHC portfolio, ensuring effective brand alignment, targeted media promotion, and corporate reputation management.
In her previous role as Director of Public Relations and Media for Ennead Architects, Ms. Carlson led communications and media efforts for the acclaimed architecture studio on projects including The Standard Hotel, Yale University Art Gallery, New York City Center, National History Museum of Utah, and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.
Ms. Carlson is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Brown University. She has over twenty years of experience developing communication platforms including strategic messaging, media relations, and executive leadership, as well as first-hand experience as a corporate media spokesperson, on-camera host, and television producer. Ms. Carlson began her career on stage as a dancer with the Radio City Rockettes and as a performer in over 25 musical theater productions; she is a proud member of the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares.
Anne Rivers is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for leading integrated campaigns to create synergy among the company's internal and external brands. She has more than 20 years of executive-level experience across industries including hospitality/real estate, financial services, and consumer categories, with over a decade of experience at BAV/Young and Rubicam. Her longstanding client relationships include American Express and the NFL. Anne is passionate about connecting people and aligning deep research insights to drive business outcomes. Anne contributes frequently to The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, as well as key industry forums including the Marketing Science Institute. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an AB in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Gautami Palanki is Vice President of Sustainability at The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for leading sustainability strategy and advancing the company's commitment to innovative placemaking, design excellence, and operational high performance. She has over fifteen year's experience working in both private and non-profit environments, including the U.S. Green Building Council and its affiliated technology startup Arc Skoru Inc., where she led green architectural design projects, technology deployment and implemented global sustainability standards and technical programs. Passionate about community-based climate action, Gautami has keynoted talks and led workshops in more than 20 countries and is on the board of mission driven organizations. Gautami holds a B. Arch from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, and M.S. in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Licensed Architect and LEED AP.
Peter Doyle is the Executive Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing the execution of key development projects. Mr. Doyle has been directly involved in the planning and construction of over $5 billion of development. Mr. Doyle has a depth of experience in delivering projects of every size and type, which is unusual in the construction industry.
Combining his design, construction and development experience allows him to provide very valuable input to his projects. Mr. Doyle’s work includes the Biosphere Visitor’s Center in Arizona; a 16,000-seat arena in Miami, FL; renovation of the Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles; Terminal C at Bush Intercontinental Airport; and Horseshoe Casinos. Additionally, Mr. Doyle has a broad range of retail experience with a distinct competitive advantage in developing projects: Alameda Mall and Northwest Mall in Houston; Northcross Mall in Austin; Neiman Marcus; Kohl’s; Nordstrom Rack stores; and Horseshoe Casino’s in Bossier City and Tunica. Mr. Doyle directed the delivery of four major high-rise residential projects, which include Mosaic Towers in Houston; the 22-story Wood Development, Glass House project in Dallas; and the 44-story 360 projects in Austin, TX. Mr. Doyle’s career has included 26 years with Linbeck Construction and 10 years with JE Dunn, serving as the President and CEO for one of their divisions.
Mr. Doyle received his Master of Arts in Architecture from Rice University in1967 and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1987.
Tim Welbes is Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Having spent most of his career in building family communities, Mr. Welbes joined The Woodlands Corporation (now known as The Woodlands Development Company) in 1985 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the residential division. In his current role, Mr. Welbes is primarily responsible for residential development, including single family neighborhoods and multifamily projects.
Mr. Welbes graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Accounting. As a CPA he began his career with the public accounting firm of Ernst and Whinney. From 1977 to 1985 he worked for private and public company home builders.
Mr. Welbes is a member of professional associations as well as a number of local civic organizations and charities.
Heath Melton is Executive Vice President of Master Planned Communities, Residential Development, having joined The Woodlands Development Company, a division of The Howard Hughes Corporation, in 2015. He oversees the residential development of the award-winning master planned communities of the greater Houston region comprised of The Woodlands, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills.
Throughout his tenure at The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Melton has implemented strategic action plans within communities to enhance development. Most recently, he oversaw the early development of the company’s newest community, The Woodlands Hills, working with builders, planners and engineers to deliver a premier quality community.
Mr. Melton’s real estate career began with KB Home Houston where he held numerous positions including Land Development Project Manager, Sr. Budget Analyst, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Design Center Manager. From there on, Mr. Melton joined Sueba USA as a Development Manager overseeing the single-family residential business and assisting the multi-family business. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Land Development at Taylor Morrison Austin, serving as General Manager of the new master planned community, Travisso.
Mr. Melton joined The Howard Hughes Corporation with a diverse and impressive background. He is a graduate of West Point USMA, having served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer for five years. During his time in service, Mr. Melton was part of the leading force for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His notable military awards and decorations include a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and Air Assault Qualification to name a few.
Kim Phillips is Vice President of Marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing strategic marketing and brand communications for The Woodlands, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills master-planned communities.
Ms. Phillips has over 25 years of strategic marketing experience in the real estate, sports and entertainment industries. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, she managed marketing efforts for Cushman and Wakefield and The Redstone Companies. Ms. Philips also served as Vice President of Marketing for the Houston Texans of the National Football League where she played an instrumental role in the team’s launch, which was lauded as the most successful in professional sports. She started her career in the NFL overseeing advertising and promotions for the Philadelphia Eagles, and also enjoyed time in minor league hockey and collegiate athletics.
Ms. Phillips serves on The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau’s marketing advisory committee and has served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Advertising Federation and the Zina Garrison Academy. She has also been on the advisory board for the National Association of Women MBAs Houston Chapter and the Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee for the Greater Houston YMCA. She is a graduate of Jacksonville University having earned a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management.
Lona Shipp is the Director of Residential Marketing for Bridgeland, one of The Howard Hughes Corporation’s acclaimed master planned communities in the greater Houston area. Ms. Shipp has lead the marketing charge for the 11,400-acre community since it opened in 2006, with over 13 years of experience in residential real estate marketing.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, she was Marketing Manager at Morrison Homes where she was responsible for leading all marketing efforts for the homebuilder including the grand opening of all new model homes, realtor relations, advertising and public relations.
Ms. Shipp earned a B.S. in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida. She is an active member of Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Home Builders.
Adam Meister is Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Meister currently manages various aspects of the strategic repositioning and development of the Seaport District in New York City.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Meister founded Meister Investments and was Senior Vice President of Related Companies and its mixed-use division, Related Urban, where he gained broad expertise in real estate development, finance and asset management. He has successfully negotiated complex financings, restructurings, joint ventures and property acquisitions and dispositions with experience spanning retail, office, residential, hotel and entertainment properties. While at Related, Mr. Meister led and participated in projects aggregating over $2.8 billion in development costs and six million square feet, including CityPlace in West Palm Beach and New York’s Time Warner Center, both recipients of numerous industry awards for the successful transformation of blighted areas into thriving mixed-use neighborhoods.
Before joining Related, Mr. Meister was a Senior Associate with HR&A, a real estate and financial advisory firm, where he performed financial, market analysis and project management on economic and real estate development projects.
Mr. Meister holds an A.B. with honors in Government from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers, and serves a Board Director of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
John Fedeli is Senior Vice President of Design and Construction Management for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He oversees the design and construction of numerous projects for the revitalization of the Seaport District in New York City.
Mr. Fedeli has over 25 years of experience in New York City high-rise construction. His work includes mixed-use and commercial projects such as 731 Lexington Ave, the Somerset Corporate Center, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residence Downtown and the complete renovation of the Park Central Hotel. Additionally, Mr. Fedeli has worked on high-rise residential projects such as the Avalon Chrystie Place’s 1 and 2, 180 Montague Street as well as the conversion of the former Hoboken tea warehouse into residential apartments. In New York, Mr. Fedeli directed the delivery of two major sporting venues: Barclays Center, the highly-anticipated 19,000-seat NBA arena in Brooklyn; and Citifield, the 45,000-seat Major League Baseball venue in Queens.
Richard Kim is Senior Assistant General Counsel, Real Estate of The Howard Hughes Corporation at the Seaport District. Mr. Kim provides legal counsel across the company’s New York Tri-State Area portfolio with a focus on contract negotiations for key businesses and transactions at the Seaport, including commercial leasing, financing, entertainment, retail, food and beverage operations, sponsorships and special events transactions.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Kim was Senior Vice President, Attorney and Real Estate Operations Officer at Citigroup, Inc., supporting its global real estate portfolio and providing legal and regulatory support for key stakeholders throughout the company. Mr. Kim also spent several years in private law firm practice, specializing in commercial transactions, real estate leasing, financing, acquisitions, dispositions and development.
Mr. Kim is a graduate of Columbia University, is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and is also a New York licensed real estate broker.
Zach Winick is Senior Vice President of Strategic Development of The Howard Hughes Corporation at the Seaport District. Responsible for overseeing strategic initiatives, he works closely with the President of the New York Tri-State Region leading the revitalization of the historic Seaport District. Mr. Winick brings over twelve years of commercial real estate experience to his role and is a licensed attorney, with extensive focus on development, improving NOI, marketability and operations efficiency.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, he was Director at Edison Properties where he oversaw a division of office leasing and management at the Hippodrome Building in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Winick was instrumental in driving occupancy rates and reducing financial risks in capital improvement for the privately owned real estate holding and development firm. He holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from New York Law School.
Gabriel Chung is Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) with over 15 years of large-scale mixed-use development experience delivering approximately 4 million square feet of product. Mr. Chung leads office and commercial development efforts for the Maryland region focusing on the execution of a 30-year development plan to revitalize Downtown Columbia. In 2010, Mr. Chung and the Columbia team secured zoning legislation for approximately 14 million square feet of net-new density, creating the basis of Downtown Columbia’s transformation into a dynamic live-work-play destination. Further activating the redevelopment, in 2012, Mr. Chung worked to reposition the former Rouse Company headquarters building into a Whole Foods Market. In 2013, Mr. Chung structured the joint-venture partnership with Kettler to develop 817 units of multi-family residential in Downtown Columbia’s Warfield Neighborhood.
In 2015, Mr. Chung played a key role in negotiations to secure a $90 million Tax Increment Financing deal for public infrastructure improvements in Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District. The first tranche of $48 million was issued in 2017. Mr. Chung also led recruitment, lease negotiations, and development of approximately 700,000 square feet of new office/retail space across three buildings, securing anchor tenants Tenable Network Security, MedStar Health, and Pearson. This marked the first new office construction in Downtown Columbia in over 15 years – transforming the Columbia office sub-market as a hub for technology and innovation.
Prior to joining the Columbia team in 2008, Mr. Chung was a development executive at The Woodlands Development Company, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of HHC. Mr. Chung led efforts in planning, financing, developing and monetizing the Woodlands Town Center, adding over 2 million square feet of office, retail, and residential product to the Woodlands 28,000-acre master-planned community.
Mr. Chung holds a M.B.A. from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in architecture. He resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and son.
Bill is responsible for overseeing the design and construction activities of all vertical and horizontal projects for The Howard Hughes Corporation in the Columbia, Maryland region. Bill is a 30+ year veteran of real estate development and construction, managing over 10 million square feet of new and re-development construction (retail, land development, and commercial) valued at over $1.5 billion. Prior to joining HHC in April of 2015, he was Vice President of Construction for Vornado Realty Trust. He has also held senior construction positions with Petrie Ross Ventures, WCI Communities and The Rouse Company.
Bill has a B.A. degree from Western Maryland College, a M.A. from Hood College, and a M.A.S. in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Bill lives in Eldersburg, MD with his wife of 30+ years, Linda, and has two grown children, both accountants living in Washington D.C.
Monty Leonard is the Senior Vice President of Development Accounting for The Howard Hughes Corporation, located in the Columbia regional office. He currently oversees all the financial and accounting functions for Howard Hughes’ Strategic Development Assets, which represents approximately 100 projects, of which approximately 30 are under construction or nearing completion, totaling 5.9 million square feet with and estimated costs of $3.8 billion. Mr. Leonard was a member of the transition team that moved assets from General Growth Properties to The Howard Hughes Corporation. Since joining HHC in 2010, Mr. Leonard has managed the financial and accounting functions associated with approximately 60 construction projects that have an estimated cost of over $6.0 billion.
In his role, his responsibilities include managing closing of books, budgeting and estimating, financial statement preparation, preparation of accounting policies, procedures and systems of internal control, and directing and managing employees.
Prior to The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Leonard was Vice President and Controller at General Growth Properties as well as The Rouse Company. Mr. Leonard graduated with a M.B.A. and B.S. degree from The University of Akron.
Arianne Monroe is Senior Assistant General Counsel of The Howard Hughes Corporation in Columbia. Ms. Monroe provides legal guidance for HHC’s Mid-Atlantic portfolio with a focus on the development efforts and property operations in revitalizing and creating an urban, mixed-use Downtown in Columbia, Maryland. Ms. Monroe has over 25 years of experience as in-house counsel for national real estate companies and universities. She has expertise in contracts, strategic planning and development, leasing, property operations and asset management, zoning and regulatory issues, land sales and acquisitions. Most recently, Ms. Monroe assisted in securing approvals and financings for the largest phase of Downtown's development: 35 acres of new high-density office, multi-family residential, retail and public amenities.
Ms. Monroe spent much of her career as in-house counsel for The Rouse Company, responsible for development in the master planned community of Columbia, including three Village Centers with supermarket anchors, 50 and 60 Columbia Corporate Centers, Gateway Office Park, Columbia Crossing Retail Center, and the 14-screen AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia, and all legal operations of 50+ retail, office, and mixed-use operating properties in Columbia and Baltimore area, including Harborplace and The Gallery at Harborplace, The Village of Cross Keys, and Hunt Valley Office Park. She later became Senior Portfolio Counsel for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Before joining HHC in 2014, she negotiated and managed international agreements for Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health with USAID, CDC, The Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, Save the Children, and other sponsors, and drafted MOUs with Foreign Ministries of Health.
Ms. Monroe holds a J.D. from Syracuse University and a B.A. from SUNY Albany. Ms. Monroe is a member of the Maryland Bar, a Fellow of the Bar Foundation of Howard County, has a Distinguished peer rating, is a member of Lawyers of Distinction, and received the Martindale-Hubbell 2018 Client Champion Award. She serves on the Community Foundation of Howard County – Grants and Scholarships Committees, and the Howard County Conservancy – Development Committee.
Vanessa Rodriguez is Vice President, Marketing, for The Howard Hughes Corporation and is a member of the team responsible for the redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown Columbia, MD, which is being transformed from a 390-acre suburban Mall-centric community to a live-work-play urban center of commerce and culture. She heads up marketing, branding, public relations, communications, events and community relations supporting execution of the Downtown Columbia Plan which guides the redevelopment, including construction of 5,500 residential units, 1.25 million SF of retail and 4.3 million SF of commercial development.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2015, Ms. Rodriguez was a Senior Marketing Manager for Federal Realty Investment Trust which she joined in 2009. While there, she was responsible for all marketing, branding, and communications programs for the Trust’s operating properties Bethesda Row and Wildwood Shopping Center and oversaw the brand development and implementation for the FRIT’S largest mixed-use redevelopment Pike and Rose.
Ms. Rodriguez has been in the real estate industry for over 13 years and has a variety of sales and marketing experience. As a Marketing Manager for Forest City Washington, she managed concurrent marketing and branding initiatives for the company’s mixed-use development projects in the DC Metro area including The Yards, a 42-acre project in the Capitol Riverfront district; Konterra, a 488-acre, master-planned mixed-use community in Northern Prince George’s County, MD; and Waterfront Station, a 13.5-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented project in Southwest, DC.
A native of South Florida, Ms. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and International Studies. She began her career in television news, reporting in the Sarasota, FL, market, but made the jump to residential real estate marketing in the Miami market in 2002. She and her husband and son live in Silver Spring, MD.
Brent Wise is the Portfolio Manager of Operating Assets for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Wise oversees portfolio-wide operations of over 1.7 million square feet of office and retail in Downtown Columbia.
Mr. Wise has over twenty-five years of property management experience and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Missouri State University. Brent was most recently an Associate Vice President at Cushman and Wakefield where he was responsible for a multi-state office and industrial portfolio of 827,000 square feet. He led an in-house team of property managers, maintenance personnel and support staff committed to reducing costs, enhancing quality and implementing processes tailored to each property based on the specific financial goals and priorities of the clients.
Mr. Wise holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Missouri State University. Mr. Wise is a member of the BOMA Baltimore Chapter and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has worked with several non-profit Boards such as the YMCA in California, Missouri and the State of Washington. Mr. Wise retired from the United States Army after twenty-three years of service. Mr. Wise lives in Clarksburg, Maryland with his wife Pamela and their two children.
Brian Walsh is Senior Vice President of Residential for Summerlin, a 22,500-acre master planned community developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation in Southern Nevada. In his role, he manages all horizontal construction, engineering, planning and land sales including custom lot sales. Mr. Walsh upholds the integrity and branding of Summerlin to ensure the quality of Summerlin not only today but for years to come.
Mr. Walsh brings more than three decades of industry experience to his role at The Howard Hughes Corporation. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association (SNHBA) and will be president of SNHBA in 2020. Mr. Walsh also serves on the board for the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.
Tom Warden is Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations for Summerlin, a 22,500-acre master planned community developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation in Southern Nevada. In his role, he manages media relations as well as government affairs at the local, state and federal levels. Mr. Warden maintains and nurtures The Howard Hughes Corporation’s relationships with non-profit community organizations, resident and business groups, and professional trade organizations.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Warden served for three years as Director of Public Communications for Clark County. He was previously a reporter and news anchor with KLAS-TV, Channel 8 in Las Vegas, earning an Emmy Award for investigative journalism while at the CBS affiliate.
Mr. Warden currently serves on numerous boards of directors and works with many non-profit community organizations overseeing environmental, conservation and educational missions.
Randy Ecklund is Senior Vice President and Executive Director of community association management operations at Summerlin, the master planned community located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Ecklund and his team of 44 community association and Summerlin Council management personnel oversee day-to-day governance, administration, property management and maintenance, accounting and finance, as well as the design review and deed enforcement for the over 32,000 residential units presently within the Summerlin North, South, West and Centre master associations, and all operations, maintenance and programming of Summerlin Council amenities including regional parks, community centers and recreational facilities across 425 acres. In addition, the team also manages The Ridges Community Association and The Summit Community Association operations and maintenance.
Mr. Ecklund has served as Executive Director of Summerlin Community Management since 1992. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, he oversaw community association management for American Continental Corporation, a master plan developer with communities in Arizona and Colorado. Mr. Ecklund has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Illinois University and his professional community association manager PCAM designation from Community Associations Institute.
Danielle Bisterfeldt is Senior Vice President of Marketing & Consumer Experience for Summerlin, where she oversees all marketing efforts for the 22,500-acre Summerlin master-planned community and its 400-acre urban core of Downtown Summerlin. Bisterfeldt also oversees strategic partnerships and business development functions for Downtown Summerlin to ensure cohesiveness of overall brand experience at the destination.
Ms. Bisterfeldt joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2012 to lead the marketing department for Summerlin. Her professional career includes positions with The Rouse Company in specialty leasing and General Growth Properties as Associate General Manager for Fashion Show mall, the largest retail destination on the Las Vegas Strip. There, she independently managed the center’s entertainment department, which included all advertising revenue, special events and the specialty leasing program. She also served as Marketing Manager for Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo where she oversaw the entertainment team and a multi-million-dollar budget that encompassed local and national marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives.
Active in the homebuilding industry as well as in the community, Ms. Bisterfeldt is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas. She serves on the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association marketing committee and in 2016, she was appointed to the Community Advisory Board for the College of Medicine for Roseman University of Health Sciences. She recently concluded a two-year appointment to the City of Las Vegas Economic Steering Committee, a group providing a vision for the direction of economic growth for the city over the next ten years. Most recently, she was inducted as a Board of Trustee for the Vegas Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Bisterfeldt received the Silver Award for Marketing Director of the Year in 2015 and in 2016 from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), and was awarded Marketing Director of the Year in 2016 by the Southern Nevada chapter. She was named a Vegas Inc.’s 2015 "40 Under 40," Las Vegas Business Press 2015’s "Women Who Mean Business," and Las Vegas Weekly’s 2020 "Women Inspiring Nevada."
Ms. Bisterfeldt is a graduate of UCLA and holds a B.S. in Political Science.
Julie Cleaver is Senior Vice President of Planning and Design for Summerlin, the 22,500-acre award winning master planned community in the Las Vegas Valley. With over 32 years of experience in land development, Ms. Cleaver works closely with architects, planners, engineers, brand consultants, and municipal partners to direct all current and long-term planning efforts for Summerlin, including entitlements and the development and design processes. She is committed to innovative and sustainable planning solutions and promotes smart growth strategies for the community.
Prior to joining the Summerlin division of The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Cleaver was a Senior Project Manager for The Rouse Company and General Growth Properties in Maryland. She also served as the Land Planning Principle for HNTB/LDR International in Maryland, Land Development Manager for McStain Enterprises, Inc. in Colorado and Vice President of David Jensen Associates, Inc. in Colorado.
Active in the community, Ms. Cleaver served on the Healthy Communities Committee for the Southern Nevada Strong regional planning initiative as well as the Regional Transportation Commission’s Transportation Investment Business Plan Committee. She is a current member of RTC’s On Board Committee and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP, as well as a member of its Executive and Government Affairs Committee. Ms. Cleaver has been a featured speaker on programs presented by the Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, NAIOP and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Cleaver holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.
Andrew Ciarrocchi is Senior Vice President of Management & Operations for The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC). In this capacity, Ciarrocchi oversees operating assets and teams for the Las Vegas and New Orleans properties. He also assists with the pre-development process representing the operations segment and various special projects focused on efficiencies and standardization.
In 2014, Ciarrocchi opened Downtown Summerlin®, the community’s acclaimed 400-acre urban core that has become one the valley’s most popular destinations with fashion, dining, sports, and entertainment venues encompassed within more than 125 boutiques, stores, and restaurants. He oversaw the hiring of a top-notch management team and negotiated contracts valued in the millions of dollars for third-party contractors including security, janitorial, landscaping, valet, and concierge. Ciarrocchi partnered with leasing, development, and construction on all aspects of lease-up and property design to deliver a first-class shopping and dining environment.
He assisted with property development for Downtown Summerlin’s two Class-A office towers – ONE and TWO Summerlin and development of the Aristocrat Technologies buildings. Under Ciarrocchi’s tenure, the Downtown Summerlin area has blossomed to include two luxury apartment communities - Constellation® and Tanager, City National Arena, practice facility for the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Ballpark®, a 10,000-capacity minor league baseball stadium home to the Las Vegas Aviators®.
Ciarrocchi has over 20 years of experience in retail and commercial property management. Prior to his appointment with HHC, he served as a District Manager with Westfield Group where he led multiple development projects and oversaw operations for a nearly two-million-square-foot shopping destination with annual visitation of 15 million and annual sales that exceeded $500 million.
A graduate of Pepperdine University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, he is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and achieved SCSM and CRX designations. Recently, as part of an industry expert task force, Ciarrocchi helped redefine all existing ICSC certifications into a comprehensive Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) designation. In the Las Vegas community, he is an active participant of the Vegas Chamber’s Access Las Vegas for newly transplanted executives. He is also a member of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) in Southern Nevada.
Bonnie Wedemeyer is Executive Vice President for Sales and Strategy and the Principal Broker at Ward Village for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Bonnie leads the residential sales team in Hawaii and Asia for the award-winning master planned community.
She has over two decades of experience and demonstrated history of success in the real estate industry, with a proven track record as a creative and results-oriented leader and local expert in development sales.
Her multidisciplinary approach for the entire development timeline as a leader of sales teams from inception through closing includes feasibility, design consulting, market positioning, sales strategy and execution. Since 2008, Bonnie has managed more than 3 billion dollars in sales throughout various projects in Honolulu. She holds a degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught Art History prior to her real estate career. Bonnie is currently on the board at Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy.
Kaʻiulani Sodaro oversees strategic forward planning efforts, regulatory agency coordination, infrastructure development, community engagement and government relations at Ward Village. From new town and commercial projects to multimillion dollar renovations of resort properties and sustainability planning, she has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development. Born in Honolulu, Kaʻiulani attended Punahou School, received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and holds a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California. She is member to the American Institute of Certified Planners, serves on the Board of PBS Hawaiʻi and was formerly on the City and County of Honolulu Planning Commission.
Jon Moore joined The Howard Hughes Corporation to spearhead the design, construction and owner services department at Ward Village. Originally from Sonoma County, Jon ventured to California’s Central Coast to attend California Polytechnic State University. Upon receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jon worked in the semiconductor industry based in Southern California. Jon currently serves on the board of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.